Bands

You’ll love the bands at the the Swanage Folk Festival, a diverse mixture of folk styles from modern folk rock to more traditional. Many people come just to see their favourite band.

Some concerts are free, some need you to buy a ticket. Most of the concerts are played in Sandpit field (number 1 on the map), Check the location of the acts you’re interested in.

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.

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Merry Hell

Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band from the North West of England, with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. They are festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike.

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The Luke Jackson trio

The Luke Jackson trio

Canterbury based singer songwriter Luke Jackson has been playing live for 10+ years, with an great reputation in the Folk, Roots, Americana & Acoustic circuits.

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Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals

One of the UK’s leading American roots-inspired music acts, this Old-Time country string band expect percussive Appalachian stepdance, humour & championship fiddling.

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Wight Hot Pipes

Wight Hot Pipes

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes span the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock.

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Hot Rats

Hot Rats

The Hot Rats play Celtic, World and original music. They are fiddle player Ian Cutler, singer and guitarist Doug Hudson and bass player Scott Kirk.

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Arquebus Trio

Arquebus Trio

Arquebus perform self-penned & traditional songs alongside foot stomping tunes with the energy of a band who love entertaining and playing with foot pedals!

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Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle sings and plays a wide variety of songs interspersed with a touch of humorous Geordie French banter! Fun and emotion guaranteed! 

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Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly

Keith is a very [very!] funny, globe-trotting, Geordie tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist. Keith could make sheep laugh! (Jasper Carrott)

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Granny’s Attic

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are one of the most exciting and accomplished acts on the English folk scene.

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